• 2020 Mississippi River Delta Institute featuring
    Waters to the Sea®

    June 23-25, 2020 - St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana 

    (Optional extension day June 26, 2020)

    Online Application

    The Mississippi River flows through New Orleans and is the very reason for the city’s existence, but how much do we really know about it and how can you incorporate river and delta concepts into your curriculum?

    In summer 2020, the fifth Waters to the Sea® Mississippi River Delta Educational Initiative will take place in St. Bernard Parish when Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) will present a three day field-based professional development opportunity to inspire, educate and prepare 3rd-8th grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based investigations at local watersheds.

    This workshop is a component of a national initiative to develop a community of water educators. The Rivers Institutes are highly acclaimed professional development workshops developed by CGEE in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information on the Rivers Institutes and CGEE, please visit the Graduate Programs and Professional Development page.

    Funding for this Headwaters to the Delta Workshop is provided by the Meraux Foundation of St. Bernard Parish.

    Headwaters to the Delta Workshop Goals

    To increase teachers' knowledge of Mississippi River related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help guide the development of meaningful, engaging classroom investigations for students.


    All elementary and middle school classroom teachers, as well as teams of teachers are welcome to apply. Our focus will be upon 3rd-8th grade STEM standards and activities. Other educators will also be considered.

    Activities to Accomplish Objectives

    During the River Institute experience, participants will:

    • Explore the Mississippi River by boat, offering the unique vantage point of the water;

    • Articulate field investigations through accurate, richly described scientific observations;

    • Create, utilize and learn new strategies using science notebooks;

    • Participate in learning activities utilizing Waters to the Sea, multimedia learning tools, as well as several other classroom resources and tools;

    • Participate in inquiry-based investigations of riverine and marsh habitats, delta geology, coastal engineering, and urban water management.

    • Share strategies for helping students ‘think like a scientist,’ ‘design like an engineer,’ and ‘write like an author’;

    • Create plans to implement science, inquiry, and literacy investigations into their classrooms.

    Each Rivers Institute Participant Will Receive

    • Three full days of experiential instruction with lunch provided;

    • Continuing Education Credits;

    • The Waters to the Sea multimedia tool and additional classroom resources; and

    • The option to purchase two graduate-level credits from Hamline University.

    Scholarship assistance for the 2020 Mississippi River Delta Institute is provided, in part, through the generous financial assistance of the Meraux Foundation. With their ongoing support we enable hundreds of teachers to improve the way they understand and teach science, and help thousands of students connect with the natural world.

    Waters to the Sea

    Rivers Institute participants will receive and explore a suite of multi-media learning modules designed to help students in grades 3-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations.

    New interactive multimedia learning materials about the Delta’s natural and cultural history are being made available through the Headwaters to the Delta Initiative.

    Learn about the other Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education.